Ira "Buddy" Williams (born December 17, 1952 in New York City)[1] is an American jazz drummer. He has played with Grover Washington, Cedar Walton, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer and others.


As sideman

With Nat Adderley

With Andy Bey

With Carla Bley

With Doug Carn

With George Freeman

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Dave Grusin

With Jaroslav Jakubovic

With Lee Ritenour

With David Sanborn

With Sonny Sharrock & Linda Sharrock

With Valerie Simpson

With Lonnie Liston Smith

With Bob Stewart

With McCoy Tyner

With Cedar Walton

With Hugh Masekela

With Luther Vandross


  1. ^ Rick Mattingly, "Buddy Williams". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd edition, ed. Barry Kernfeld, 2004.